9 Million Children at Risk of Losing Affordable Care as CHIP Funding Lapses

HeadlineOct 02, 2017
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Back in the U.S., lawmakers missed a weekend deadline to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, throwing the fate of 9 million children who rely on the program for low-cost medical coverage into doubt. Republican leaders in both the House and Senate failed to act on a bipartisan bill to reauthorize CHIP, which provides access to routine checkups, immunizations, ER visits and dental and vision care. Without quick action to renew CHIP funding, the Kaiser Family Foundation warns that 10 states could run out money for the program by the end of the year.

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